The good news is, DIANA ROSS is touring the UK next year. The not so good news is that she’s not coming to South Wales. At the end of the day though, this is Diana and she’s playing live, so we guess there really is no bad news at all.

The demand for tickets will be huge and we have our guys on the case to share the best way for you to get them. No rush as yet as they don’t go on sale till next Friday (1st November).

It’s easy to throw words like legendary, iconic, superstar and diva around, as far as DIANA ROSS is concerned, she is all of those and so much more. Diana began her career as a member of The Supremes – who, with their unique Motown pop sound, became one of the most successful groups of the 1960s.

Following the group’s break-up, she struck out as a solo artist, achieving a number one single in 1970 with Ain’t No Mountain High Enough. Since then, she has notched up a string of hit albums and singles including Endless Love, Why Do Fools Fall in Love and Chain Reaction. 

First off, it’s official, Diana is playing the Legends slot at Glastonbury next year and then she heads out on her six date UK tour. She tweeted…….

“This is a dream come true. To all the fans across the world, this is my tribute to you. I’m coming to Glastonbury, with love.”

She then added – or more to the point, accidently hashtagged, Glastonbury festival as #Gladyonbury – but you know what, no one cares, this is the Queen of all that is Motown.

When confirming the singer would appear at the festival, Glastonbury organiser Emily Eavis praised DIANA ROSS as “one of the all-time greats”. She Said…..

“I am delighted to say that one of the all-time greats, the wonderful Diana Ross, is coming to Glastonbury to play the Sunday legend slot on the Pyramid next year.”

Diana Ross took to Twitter to confirm the tour, “I am in total appreciation of all. I’m feeling Great, life is so good. My love, my light is steady and constant. I focus on joy. I love looking at the energy all around me. I am so so so grateful.”

As a solo artist, Diana is one of the most successful female singers of the rock era. If you factor in her work as the lead singer of the Supremes in the 1960s, she may be the most successful. With her friends Mary Wilson, Florence Ballard, and Barbara Martin, she formed the Primettes vocal quartet in 1959. In 1960, they were signed to local Motown Records, changing their name to the Supremes in 1961.

Martin then left, and the group continued as a trio. Over the next eight years, the Supremes(renamed “Diana Ross and the Supremes” in 1967, when Cindy Birdsong replaced Ballard) scored 12 number one hits.

(Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

After the last one, “Someday We’ll Be Together” (October 1969), Diana launched a solo career. Motown initially paired her with writer/producers Nickolas Ashford and Valerie Simpson (as in the song – SOLID), who gave her four Top 40 pop hits, including the number one “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” (July 1970). Diana branched out into acting, starring in a film biography of Billie Holiday, Lady Sings the Blues(November 1972). The soundtrack went to number one, and Diana was nominated for an Academy Award.

As we’re listening to her music, writing this piece and looking at some of the old pictures, you can’t help but think how trailblazing the Supremes were. Maybe there wouldn’t have been a Beyoncé and Destiny’s Child? Actually, earlier this year, Beyoncé serenaded Diana at her 75th birthday bash and by all accounts was incredible.

The six-date arena tour will see Diana perform in London, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Glasgow and Birmingham. Tickets go on sale at 9am on Friday 1st November. At the moment the best places to get them seem to be TICKETMASTER although they do have a pre-sale at 9am on the Thursday. Also, AXS

We also understand there will be a special pre-sale for American Express cardholders but at the moment no date has been announced for that. As soon as we know, you will.


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